49th Ward Update
September 16, 2022
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Good Afternoon Neighbors,

Please note that the Leone Beach Bird Walk will take place tomorrow (Saturday), September 17. Folks will
 meet at 8 am at Leone Park 1222 W. Touhy (Touhy and the Lake). We incorrectly listed it for Sunday in a previous email.

We had a great Monthly Town Hall this week where we talked about the recent flooding, the Touhy Park field house closure, and how the City is helping to house our homeless neighbors. You can watch the recording here.

I hope to see some of you at fantastic community events this weekend! Tonight, stop by Loyola Park at the beach at Greenleaf for a community bonfire between 5-7pm. Consider stopping by Ropa Cabana, the concession stand nearby, to grab a hotdog or hot cocoa first for a great way to kick off the fall season.

Tomorrow, I'll be joining North of Howard Together for their second annual community BBQ and clean up at Willye B. White Park. Registration starts at 9:30am, clean up begins at 10 and the BBQ is at 12pm. Later in the day, I'll be celebrating Madonna Mission's 10th Anniversary at their community Block Party from 2pm-6pm. Look for the blue doors at 1706 W. Morse Ave for entrance.

Yesterday, I had an ordinance that I held in Licensing and Consumer Protection Committee yesterday, because a conflicting ordinance passed first on the agenda. Myself and Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez are looking to ban private companies from booting your car on private property in our wards. This practice of private booting is predatory and problematic with too many stories of private booting companies immobilizing people's vehicles under questionable circumstances. Alderpersons have been able to opt their ward out of the practice thereby banning private booting in their ward. My ordinance would have done so for the 49th Ward.  Ald. Reboyras, who is retiring after this term, introduced an ordinance to remove the bans, allowing the practice city-wide. Innovative Parking Solutions and their lobbyist, former Ald. Joe Moore were there to testify in support of the Reboyras ordinance. I spoke against it but the item passed 11-6 in committee. It will go to full City Council next week where I will vote against it. Read more about it in this Block Club Chicago article.

Lastly, next week is our September City Council meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10am in City Hall. You can sign up to attend, speak during public comment or find the livestream to watch remotely all on City Clerk Anna Valencia's site

Have a great weekend!

Alderwoman Hadden

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Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Yesterday marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we lift up the diverse cultures that comprise the Latinx community and all of the contributions they've made to our nation.
The celebration runs from September 15 - October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. And Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Chicago is home for many residents of Hispanic heritage and our cultural institutions, neighborhoods, and businesses reflect it. Check out Choose Chicago's list of events and ways to celebrate over the next 30 days. 
Rogers Park Gardens Honored with Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award
Two 49th Ward gardens received the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award this year, the Pollinarium on Jarvis (1645 W. Jarvis) and the Secret Garden of Columbia Avenue (1310 W. Columbia). Two other gardens in the ward, Marty's Newgard Themed Garden (northwest corner parkway on Newgard and North Shore) and Lunt Lake Co-op Gardens (1122-1140 W. Lunt) received honorable mentions.

All gardens will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, September 24.  Congratulations to our neighbors, and thanks for helping beautify our community! 
Ward Updates
49th Ward Shred-a-Thon September 24
The annual 49th Ward shredding event will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the parking lot on the Southwest corner of Clark and Morse (6934 N Clark St). Please keep the following things in mind: 
  • Only bring sensitive paper documents to shred.
  • Limit is 2 Bankers Boxes per person.
  • The shredding service is only for private residents (no businesses or organizations).
  • Please remove all paper clips and binder clips from your documents. Staples are fine!
  • You must stay until your documents are reviewed and approved for shredding.
Touhy Park Community Meeting October 3
On Monday, a notice was posted stating that Touhy Park fieldhouse is closed and programs have been diverted to Pottawattomie Park. Neither I, nor my team, were notified about or included by the Park District in this decision. While my team and the Department of Family and Support Services have helped to house 64 people and have provided access to services to help residents living in the Park, in addition to providing port-o-potties to help solve the sanitation issues, the Chicago Park District leadership has not honestly or productively engaged with residents or myself in a long-term plan for Touhy Park.

Since last summer, we've had between 4 - 30 unhoused neighbors staying in the Park. Across the City, the number of people experiencing homelessness has been on the rise. My office has been working with 2-3 people each week who are newly homeless. We will continue to work to house people and to push the City and the Park District to take leadership on finding a way to make sure that unhoused people get the services they need and to bring them to the table to listen to neighbors - both in their concerns about the park and the impact on the lack of park services. Different parts of the city must work together in order to find solutions and this does not work when we are acting alone.

At 6 pm on Monday, October 3, my office will host a virtual meeting with Park District officials. This is your chance to hear directly from the Park District and ask your questions. Register to attend the meeting at Spanish interpretation will be available. 
Glenwood Sunday Market to Serve as
Senior Voucher Distribution Site

Illinois Department of Human Services, Experimental Station and The Chicago Farmers Market Collective are pleased to partner together on the Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program in 2022!

Glenwood Sunday Market's director, manager, staff, and volunteers will aid in distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits.

Seniors who are at least 60 years and older and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines qualify to receive a booklet valued at $25 to spend with participating farmers now through October 31. Farmers will have the above image at their booth to show customers they accept the checks.

Stop by the Glenwood Sunday Market information booth this week to fill out the application to receive your coupon book for the farmers market. The market takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm on Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. 

Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews are awaiting approval from the Office of Underground Coordination. Once they receive that approval, permits will be issued for the sewer main replacement. This has caused the start date of the project to be pushed back slightly.

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up.
Community Engagement
Friends of Rogers Park Library Book Sale September 17-18
The Friends of the Rogers Park Library is hosting a Quick Autum Book Sale on September 17 & 18. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the book collection and programs at the Rogers Park Branch Library. 

All books for sale will be located on cars in the community room on the second floor. Find great deals to add to your home collection while helping our local branch library.

The library is located at 6907 N. Clark, at the intersection of Farwell. 
North of Howard hosts 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ September 17
Join North Of Howard Together for its 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ on Saturday, September 17. 

Folks will meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, beginning at 9:30 am to register for the event. Between 10 am and noon, participants will help beautify the area. Then convene back at the park beginning at noon for a BBQ picnic. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and games!

For more information and to register to attend, click here
Madonna Mission 10th Anniversary Block Party - September 17
Join Madonna Mission for their 10th Anniversary Block Party on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The September 17th Block Party celebrates both Madonna Mission’s 10-year anniversary, and the amazing successes of our refugee families over the last decade. We would be honored to have you join us for this wonderful, free event.
Sign up for GeNarrations at Willye White Park
The Goodman Theatre is partnering with Willye White Park to host the GeNarrations program. This program will allow participants 55+ to meet once a week and write five-minute stories based on themes raised by Goodman productions. 

The in-person classes will take place at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to noon beginning September 27. 

To learn more and sign up for a class, call 312-443-3811 ext. 119 or visit
Community Days at Lifeline Theatre
Community Day performances for Miss Holmes Returns are on Sundays at 2:30pm and will reduce our $45 ticket price all the way down to $15!  To purchase tickets with the discount, customers can input the promo code Glenwood40 into the designated area on the sales page and that's all!  Please note: this code will only work for Sunday performances.

Miss Holmes Returns info:

Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson are back on the case! After a string of successes in assisting Scotland Yard, a seemingly clear-cut murder case finds itself at the detective’s feet. The powers that be know for certain the murderer was a young woman of immigrant heritage, but Holmes and Watson aren’t as sure. Can they find the truth before the authorities catch and convict their suspect? The game is afoot in this provocative Midwest premiere sequel to the hit play Miss Holmes, based on familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A new play inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By Christopher M. Walsh
Directed by Elise Kauzlaric

Tickets can be purchased at
Workday Event at the Hello Howard Garden September 24
The Peterson Garden Project (PGP) is hosting a volunteer workday event for the Hello Howard garden located at Howard and Ashland. 

Workday tasks include:
  • trash pick up in common areas
  • organizing communication station
  • cleaning tools and watering cans
  • cleaning water troughs
  • weeding around perimeter
What to bring:
  • Garden or construction gloves (PGP will have extras handy)
  • Water to drink
  • Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty; layers are good. 
The workday event will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers are welcome to participate. For more information and to register to attend, click here
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach in September
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Saturday, September 17, 8 am - Fall Bird Walk (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, at the end of the parking lot by the lake)
  • Sunday, September 25, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, in the nature area)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email
2nd Annual Care for Real Community Celebration September 18
Care for Real is excited to welcome every member of the community to their Second Annual Community Celebration taking place during Hunger Action Month on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2-4 pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, in the parking lot.

The free event will feature delicious snacks, entertainment from DJ Dan Luna and School of Rock Evanston, remarks from Care for Real leaders, and an exciting raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and an overnight stay at the Peninsula Chicago in a Deluxe Guestroom with breakfast for 2! 

Contact Care for Real for more information at See you there!
Conversations with a Commander September 20
Join Commander Brennan from the 24th District for a conversation on public safety in the ward during a Conversations with a Commander event. The next conversation will take place on Tuesday, September 20, from 11 am to noon at Cermak Market, 6623 N. Damen.

To view upcoming events, click here
24th District Senior Film Series Presents: The Blues Brothers
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present The Blues Brothers this month. Following the movie, attendees are invited to stay for a discussion with Julie Chandler, who was involved in the staging of the film.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 21 at 2 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30-person limit. Please email Officer DeWinter in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at
NieghborsTables Art Markets Sundays at the Glenwood Bar
 Join your creative neighbors every Sunday at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, for the NeighborsTables Art Markets! Makers and creators of all sorts share their talents and gifts with you! The NeighborsTables Markets take place every Sunday between 11 am and 2:30 pm. 

For more information or to share your artistic skills with the community, contact Sarah via email at
36th Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society
Historic House Walk: Newgard's Hidden Gems

Did you know that four-block long Newgard Avenue is sometimes called Chicago's shortest street? Once named Lincoln Avenue, the short street runs through the Henry Newgard "farm" (called that even though he wasn't a farmer), where Newgard built one of the first homes in 1892. The lush trees and large post-Victorian houses that line the streets of Newgard's original property have wide sweeping porches, beautiful interiors, and elaborate backyard spaces that make the six homes on the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society's 36th Annual House Walk true treasures.

Take this opportunity to look inside, behind the graceful porches of these lovely homes, and meet the homeowners who have maintained and restored their hidden gems from the turn of the 20th Century while updating them to suit 21st Century living.

Where: The self-guided tour covers two blocks of Newgard and Greenview Avenues between North Shore and Pratt. The total walking distance between homes is less than a quarter of a mile. Tour check-in and parking will be available at Sullivan High School.

When: Sunday, September 18, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be in place based on guidelines from the Chicago Department of Health and the preferences of the homeowner hosts.

Cost: Tickers are $30 per person, $25 with RPWRHS Member Discount.

For more information and to register for the event, click here. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event are used to support the ongoing educational and outreach activities of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

The Factory Theater Presents The H.O.A.
The Factory Theater presents The H.O.A. Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

Written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington, The H.O.A. will preview Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. Opening night will be on Friday, September 16, at 8 pm. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 22. Tickets cost $25. More information is available on The Factory Theater's website
Apply to be a 2023 Fellow with Disability Lead
Disability Lead is gearing up for its 2023 Recruitment season and that means they're seeking leaders with disabilities to connect with.
Disability Lead builds a network of positive disruptors with disabilities to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership. As the leading disability leadership nonprofit, Disability Lead commits to advancing leaders in an ever-evolving world where the need is high for disabled innovators who are positive disruptors. 

The deadline to apply is October 14, and the early bird deadline is September 23. The early bird applications guarantee an interview.

For more information and to apply, click here
Attend The Year of Healing 2022 Summit on September 22
The Year of Healing Summit is a lively and reflective exploration of the City’s Year of Healing Work. The event will feature performances from local artists, presentations from the City, and reflections from community leaders. For more information and to register for the online event, click here
Community Aid
Receive Free Legal Advice September 17

Do you need legal help? Not sure if you need an attorney or just need a little advice? Attorneys with The Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, September 17. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program. 

Calls will be accepted on September 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001.   

Residents can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues.  If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.  

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offers their services to the public.  When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law including: 

  • Domestic Relations - including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters. 
  • Personal Injury - including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases. 
  • Estate Planning - including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest. 
  • Real Estate - including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues. 
  • Employment Law - including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. 

To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law.  You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001 or visiting

How to Help New Migrant Arrivals from Texas
On Wednesday, August 31 the City of Chicago first began welcoming migrants bused from Texas to Chicago. Our city greeted them with dignity and respect and the City government, in collaboration with local, state, federal, and community partners, took action to ensure they had access to shelter, food and other resources. We anticipate that the state of Texas will continue to bus migrants to Chicago and we remain committed to providing support and resources to our newly arrive neighbors during this transition period. Because of this, the City of Chicago has set up a website with information on how to become a volunteer or make a donation,
As a welcoming city, we know Chicagoans are ready to show their generosity and are looking for ways to support these individuals. However, our shelter partners at this time cannot accept “walk-up” volunteers, and due to security and safety concerns for minors on-site, there is a registration process to become a volunteer. If you wish to volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form found on the website. 
We also know that Chicagoans have already begun collecting donations for these individuals. The City is in the process of identifying drop-off locations and will have more to share soon. A list of essential items that will be accepted can be found below. Please note that food or used items will not be accepted. 
  • Gift cards 
  • New clothing (including cold weather clothing, underwear is a priority) 
  • Athletic shoes 
  • New hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo) 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Diapers 
  • Reusable bags (duffle bags and suitcases) 
  • Backpacks  
  • Baby formula  
  • Blankets 
  • Books for kids (Spanish) 
  • Strollers 
The city will update this list as it continues a more detailed needs assessments. For additional inquiries, please email:
Donate Items for Asylum Seekers
Rincon Family Services, 3942 W. North, and ICIRR, 228 S. Wabash, are seeking support and donations to go directly to families that have recently arrived in Chicago. 

The organization is seeking gift cards, large suitcases/duffle bags, clothing (in new or like-new condition), undergarments, strollers, toys, sippy cups and toddler plates, and reusable water bottles. 

For more information, please email
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Food Pantry
Howard Area Community Center is recruiting volunteers for its Friday food pantry delivery day. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and work inside and outside. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

The Friday volunteer hours are from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can also volunteer on Mondays from 12-4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 8-12:30 pm.

For more information and to sign up, all 773-262-6622 ext 106, email, or click here
Trilogy's Changing Lives Fundraiser September 29
For more than 50 years, Trilogy, based right here in the 49th Ward, has provided people in our Rogers Park community and beyond with support to recover from mental illness and move toward stability. Trilogy provides clients with an array of essential services and support that help them live independently and thrive ian our community. Their big fundraiser of the year is coming up on September 29! Trilogy’s Changing Lives presented by Armitage Pharmacy, is a celebration of 50+ years of mental wellness. Tickets and sponsorships are available online.
Trilogy is also seeking donations for their event auction! Can you help them out with a donation of a memorable meal, tickets to an event, or maybe even a getaway? Please let them know at
Two fantastic local businesses, Independent Spirits, Inc. and Picnic Wine & Provisions, are supporting the event by taking bottle donations to donate to their wine pull (a fundraiser where attendees buy a ticket to select a mystery bottle of wine). Stop in today and donate a bottle or two for Trilogy – or you can purchase wine to donate at the stores’ websites – just select "in-store pickup" and add a note in the comment section of your cart to let the shop know that your purchase is for Trilogy – the store will handle the rest!
Independent Spirits, Inc is located at 5947 N. Broadway. Independent Spirits, Inc., is offering a 10% discount for all wine bottles purchased for Trilogy. If ordering online, use code TRILOGY at checkout for 10% off your order!
Picnic Wine & Provisions is located at 7301 N. Sheridan Road. Picnic Wine & Provisions is offering $2 off a glass of wine or beer in-store when you purchase a bottle of wine for Trilogy.
Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real is excited to welcome new volunteers at both its Edgewater and Rogers Park food pantries! Volunteer opportunities are available for the entire family seven days a week, offering both day time and evening shifts that are client-facing and behind-the-scenes. To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the community, visit
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
Chicago Park District 2023 Public Budget Hearing
The Chicago Park District will host its annual budget hearing on September 21, at 6pm (speaker registration at 5 pm). The hearing will be held at Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine. 

There are two ways to provide operating budget ideas for the 2023 budget:
  • In-person at the hearing (sign up by 5:30 pm)
  • Online: submit recommendations on the Park District website here
Apply to be an Election Judge for the November General Election
The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking election judges and election coordinators ahead of the November 8 general election. Election judges can earn up to $230 and election coordinators can earn up to $450 for Election Day. 

Requirements of election judges:
  • Judges must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Judges must be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • The Board of Elections encourages bilingual judges — especially those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean or Tagalog — to apply right away.
  • High school and college students can also apply.

Election judges’ responsibilities Include:

  • Arriving to the polling place 5 a.m. to set up on Election Day.
  • Opening the polls at 6 a.m.
  • Issuing the correct ballots to each voter and helping voters with registration and other questions through 7 p.m.
  • Completing reports after polls close.
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website

Requirements of election coordinators:
  • Coordinators must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Coordinators must have be able to speak and understand English.
  • Coordinators must have expertise in the operation, maintenance and proper use of a wide range of computer technologies.
  •  Coordinators must have a cellphone available for making and receiving calls and text messages on Election Day.
  • Coordinators have to complete all required training courses and successfully pass the examination after each class.
  • High school and college students can also apply.
Duties of election coordinators include: 
  • Ensuring the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities by following an accessibility guideline/check-off list.
  • Serving all day on Election Day from 5 a.m. until all work is completed after the polls close and until election judges have secured their materials and are about to leave to deliver those materials to the receiving station.
  • Having extensive knowledge of the Election Day registration procedures and directing the voter-registration activities on the e-poll book in the precinct.
  • Assisting election judges with Election Day processes and procedures.
  • Troubleshooting equipment problems and making minor repairs, such as changing the paper tape rolls.
  • Assisting election judges with completing polling place closing paperwork
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website
City Launching 2-1-1 Health and Social Service Information Line
In partnership with Cook County, the City will soon launch a 2-1-1 health and social service information and referral line covering Chicago and suburban Cook County. The 2-1-1 system will be operated by United Way of Metro Chicago and jointly funded by the City, the County, and private philanthropy.

What is 2-1-1?
  • A free, easy-to-access helpline
  • An information and referral resource, helping people who need access to food, housing, utility payment assistance, health care, transportation, childcare, employment, mental health, and more
  • A go-to resource for any health or social service needs, utilizing comprehensive, accurate information and delivering a user-friendly experience.
When will 2-1-1 be available?
  • 2-1-1 will have a phased launch. The following services will be available on the following dates:
    • September 15, 2022: the 2-1-1 website ( will be live, and individuals will be able to search for food, housing, and utility support services
    • November 15, 2022: Individuals will be able to search for a full range of health and social services as well as web chat or text with a live operator for assistance.
    • January 2023: the 2-1-1 call center will be live with representatives handling live 2-1-1 calls in addition to the web-based services. 
What 2-1-1 is NOT
  • A non-emergency request form of direct service; that is, it does not replace 3-1-1 or other non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies
  • An emergency medical assistance or dispatch line. For medical and public safety emergencies, individuals should continue to call 9-1-1.
  • A tool for surveillance, evaluation of services, or reporting on individuals or agencies
  • A counseling or mental health support service
What is the difference between 2-1-1, 3-11-, 9-11, and 9-8-8?
  • 2-1-1 is an information and referral hotline for health and social services
  • 3-1-1 is the number to call if you need a city service related to infrastructure or other government services. It also serves as a number for non-emergency safety-related requests.
  • 9-1-1 should be called in an emergency - for things like health emergencies and criminal activity
  • 9-8-8 is a support line for individuals experiencing a crisis related to mental health and emotional well-being. Individuals can call 9-8-8 if they are experiencing a crisis and need immediate phone support. 
City Key ID Event September 23
State Representative Kelly Cassidy will host a City Key ID event on Friday, September 23, from 10 am to 1 pm at her office located at 5533 N. Broadway. The City Key ID is a low-barrier ID program available to Chicagoans regardless of age, gender, immigration status, or housing status. 

For more information on the City Key, visit the City Clerk's website
CTA Will Host "Ask CTA Events" through First Week of October
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is hosting "Ask CTA" events at key rail stops beginning August 30 through the first week of October (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week). At each event, CTA will have at least two CTA Senior Staff Members available to address customers’ comments and feedback during the AM (7:30-9:30 am) and PM (4:30-6:30 pm) rush hours. 

Below is the schedule and location for the events:

  • September 20, Forest Park, AM rush hour
  • September 21, Western Brown Line, PM rush hour
  • September 22, 35th IIT Green Line, AM rush hour
  • September 27, Damen Pink Line, PM rush hour
  • September 28, Roosevelt, AM rush hour
  • September 29, Davis Evanston, PM rush hour
  • October 4, Midway, PM rush hour
  • October 5, Garfield Green Line, AM rush hour
  • October 6, Jefferson Park Blue Line, AM rush hour
Provide Feedback on the
We Will Chicago Draft Plan thru November 1
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development released the draft We Will Chicago Framework Plan—Chicago’s first citywide plan since 1966. This document is a community-driven and data-informed 10-year vision for Chicago that is rooted in the principles of equity and resiliency.

Read it & contribute your voice here: Feedback will be accepted through November 1. 

Public Health Updates
Updated Bivalent Boosters Now Available!
The City of Chicago received the free updated bivalent COVID boosters this week.

The new boosters offer greater protection against common COVID-19 variants than the original shots and are available to anyone aged 12 and older who have already received their initial vaccine shots. People age 12 and up who have completed a primary vaccine series should receive a bivalent booster two months after the second dose of their last booster shot. 

The updated booster is widely available throughout the city, including at doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health centers. To find a location where you can receive the bivalent booster shot, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is spread through close contact with body fluids, sores, shared bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing). Common symptoms include a rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or blisters on the face, body, and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, head or muscle aches, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. If you think you have the MPV or are showing symptoms, it's time to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you do not have a doctor or health insurance, then please contact CDPH at 312-746-4835 or the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040 for assistance.

For more information, visit

What is Monkeypox?

We are starting to see an increase in monkeypox infections. Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  According to Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady "The city has already received 5,409 doses. Distribution has targeted those in close physical contact with people diagnosed with monkeypox, as well as people who may be at higher risk of contracting the disease because of their sexual activity."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

What do you need to know?
  • The test is a PCR test, and the results are available in 2-3 days.
  • This service is available only by appointment
  • It is open only Wednesday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
To make an appointment, call 872-245-3790.
Need to Know Info
ComEd Offering 30% Higher Project Incentive for a Limited Time
ComEd wants to help make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable for residential, small businesses and public facilities, especially now while the cost of doing business is more expensive. Simply apply between August 15, 2022, and September 15, 2022 (October 31 for residential). Your home or business can receive this increased incentive to help lower the cost of your upgrades so you can ultimately save energy and reduce your energy costs.
Be sure to ask ComEd about the Comprehensive Campaign incentives, too. You can stack this promotional 30% incentive on top of the comprehensive incentives to help you save even more. It’s easy to take advantage of these incentives that can cover up to 75% of your project costs. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program will perform a free facility assessment, make recommendations that are right for your home or business and install the upgrades you choose.
Get started today!  Email, call 855-433-2700 or visit
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Apply for Peoples Gas Bill Assistance
As we head into the cooler months, and natural gas prices remain high nationwide, Peoples Gas offers  programs and resources to manage your energy costs.

Financial assistance available beginning Sept. 1
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program are available to help income-eligible customers with heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to or call theCommunity Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332.

Payment arrangements available
For customers who have fallen behind on their bills, but don’t qualify for financial assistance, arrangements are available to help pay and manage heating bills this winter. Use the Peoples Gas app or go to to learn more about your options and enroll.

Budget Billing
Budget Billing spreads seasonal variations in your natural gas bill over 12 months. While you still pay for all of the natural gas you actually use, Budget Billing gives you more consistent monthly bills. Learn more and sign up in the Peoples Gas app or at

Reduce energy use this winter
Manage energy use by using a programmable thermostat, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultations. For more information, go to
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at
Sign Up for Polished Pebbles
Polished Pebbles will host its Every Girl is a CEO Global Career Conference for 8th graders through college-aged young women On Saturday, October 15. The theme is "One Million Girl CEOs". The global career conference will kick off with an in-person Pink Hard Hat Symposium exclusively for young women in the Chicagoland area to learn about careers in construction, manufacturing, and the trades on Saturday, October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm. 

In order to make this a reality, Polished Pebbles is individual and corporate support
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, a Rogers Park non-profit offering classes for youth and adults in industrial arts: Metal Casting, Welding & Forging, CNC Technology, and Woodworking, is offering FREE afterschool classes to all CPS students grades 6-12 this Fall!
Learn more by clicking here
Employment Opportunities
Chicago Police Written Exam Scheduled for September 22-24
The Chicago Police Department has upcoming test dates in an effort to onboard qualified applicants to be Chicago Police Officers. Testing will take place at all City Colleges on September 22-4. 

Chicago Police Officers earn a competitive salary and benefits. For more information and to apply, visit
Madonna Mission is Hiring
Madonna Mission is seeking a full time Communications Coordinator and Office Administrator. 

Madonna Mission is a not-for-profit organization providing education and resettlement support programs for refugee families with a strong focus on women and elementary aged children. Madonna Mission was formed to provide a safe space in a compassionate and supportive environment for refugee community members. We empower through education.

Job Description: 

This position requires an individual with a combination of skills: careful organizational skills necessary to manage the administration of our programs and office; energy and enthusiasm to wear many hats; and creativity to produce marketing materials, social media content, and website design.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

1. Act as the welcoming face of Madonna Mission – greet and assist guests; welcome our students as they arrive; manage the office phone.
2. Manage administrative duties of the programs – attendance rosters, communication with families, receive snack and maintain GCFD records, technology management.
3. Assist program directors as needed during program hours – tutoring, babysitting, gym supervisor, snack distribution
4. Maintain DonorSnap database and generate acknowledgement letters. Requires meticulous attention to detail
5. Work with Development team to create marketing/development materials
6. Identify and compile key metrics from all 3 programs - to create graphics, charts, statistics and quotes for use in marketing materials.
7. Develop and manage email marketing content (experience with Constant Contact a plus)
8. Website design and maintenance (experience with Squarespace a plus)
9. Create content and manage Social Media Platforms
10. Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated and detail oriented. He or she will have previous work experience in a similar role and truly enjoy working with the families who walk through our doors. Hands-on expertise with Google Suite and Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PP) is necessary. Ability to work independently as well as part of a small team is crucial. College degree preferred.

Full-time Position – in person / Monday to Friday / 40 hours per week / Salary: $45,000

Please submit cover letter and resume to Peggy Forbes, Executive Director, at
A Just Harvest is Hiring!
A Just Harvest is hiring a Case Manager / Employment Coach for its new The Accompaniment Project (TAP).  The Case Manager will work with 11 apprentices that have barriers to employment, such as being justice-involved. 

For a full job description and information on how to apply, click here
Apply for an Apprenticeship with A Just Harvest
A Just Harvest (AJH)  is seeking apprentices for AJH’s  The Accompaniment Project (TAP). TAP provides participants one to two year apprenticeship opportunities to Rogers Park area residents who face employment barriers.  Barriers may include those who are justice-involved or face other obstacles to gainful employment. TAP apprentices will work with one of three AJH programs: Urban Agriculture, Community Kitchen, or Community Engagement programs.  During their participation in TAP, apprentices will learn program specific job skills.  In addition, TAP will offer holistic support for apprentices, including employer paid healthcare, case manager support and coaching,  workforce training, and life skills workshops.  Apprenticeships are hourly positions for 30 hours per week at $15 per hour, including coaching and training sessions.
More information on apprentice positions can be found on the TAP Google form application at:

Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here:
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

NAMI Chicago has positions in Mental Health Services and is looking for outstanding and dedicated people to join its growing team. 

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. It promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

NAMI Chicago currently has openings for the following positions (click on the job title to view the job descriptions):      

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email

State Farm is Hiring
Successful Local State Farm Agency is looking for an entry-level Part-Time Customer Service Representative. Duties would include premium payment follow-up via phone, text, and email.  Also various customer service-related follow-up tasks. State Insurance Producers License is not required but would be helpful for future promotion and commission eligibility
Please send resumes to for consideration.
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Job Training Programs
The Greater Chicago Food Depository now offers free and paid hospitality and supply chain career path training programs. These programs are available to unemployed and underemployed adults living in Cook County. Programs are background friendly and welcoming to those without a high school diploma or GED.

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit
PACE Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at its facilities across the suburbs to ensure that it can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. Working for Pace has many advantages:

  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid on-the-job and ongoing training
  • Promotion from within
  • Working close to home
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid vacation and other paid time off
  • Safe, clean work environment (visit to see all of our COVID-related safety precautions in place to protect personnel)

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Chicago Public Schools is seeking committed substitute teachers to ensure our students receive quality instruction in the absence of their teacher. To apply, visit
CPS is Hiring Board Custodians
CPS is hiring Board Custodians. To apply for the position, click here. To register for an interview, click here. For more information, call 773-553-2100 or email
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at:
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at


Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Its approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
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